Developing Culturally Competent, Effective Parenting Programs
Bridging Refugee Youth and Children Services (BRYCS)
Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS)
February 2005, 3 pages
In our work around the country, BRYCS has listened to refugee families talk about many of the challenges they face in raising children in a culture vastly different from the one in which they grew up. Although the majority of refugee children eventually do well here and go on to be successful adults, there is also much pain and struggle in many of these families. These struggles are similar to the ones all parents face, but may be compounded by the circumstances under which families fled their country, the traumatic experiences and separations endured, and the often major changes in family roles and expectations that accompany life in a new culture. This Spotlight examines resources for developing culturally competent, effective parenting programs.